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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747774/a-room-temperature-refuelable-lithium-iodine-and-air-battery
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Kim Seng Tan, Andrew C Grimsdale, Rachid Yazami
We demonstrate a new refuelable lithium cell using lithium solvated electron solution (Li-SES) as anolyte and iodine solutions as catholyte. This cell shows a high OCV (~3 V). Unlike conventional rechargeable Li batteries, this kind of cell can be re-fueled in several minutes by replacing the spent liquids. We also show for the first time, that Li-SES/I2 cells which operate at room temperature, can be prepared in a fully discharged state (~0 V OCV) for safe handling, transportation and storage. Li-SES and iodine are then electrochemically generated during charge as is confirmed by UV-VIS and a qualitative test...
July 26, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28745407/catalytic-dehydrogenative-coupling-of-hydrosilanes-with-alcohols-for-the-production-of-hydrogen-on-demand-application-of-a-silane-alcohol-pair-as-a-liquid-organic-hydrogen-carrier
#2
David Ventura-Espinosa, Alba Carretero-Cerdán, Miguel Baya, Hermenegildo García, Jose A Mata
The compound [Ru(p-cym)(Cl)2 (NHC)] is an effective catalyst for the room-temperature coupling of silanes and alcohols with the concomitant formation of molecular hydrogen. High catalyst activity is observed for a variety of substrates affording quantitative yields in minutes at room temperature and with a catalyst loading as low as 0.1 mol %. The coupling reaction is thermodynamically and, in the presence of a Ru complex, kinetically favourable and allows rapid molecular hydrogen generation on-demand at room temperature, under air, and without any additive...
July 26, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734728/a-new-ppar%C3%AE-dna-origami-biochromatography-and-offline-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-mass-spectrometry-method-for-screening-ppar%C3%AE-receptor-antagonists-from-ginsenosides
#3
Jie Zhou, Chong Sun, Lingchang Meng, Weiran Ye, Pei Luo, Fang Sun, Shanshan Chen, Xia Xu
To rapidly identify novel PPARγ ligands, a robust binding assay amenable to high-efficiency screening toward PPARγ would be desirable. In this study, a new PPARγ assembled on DNA origami (PPARγ/DNA origami) biochromatography drug screening model was constructed and evaluated. The method was used to screen active ingredients acted on PPARγ from the total ginsenosides. The total ginsenosides were handled on this biochromatography column by HPLC. The collected retention fraction from the biochromatography column was analyzed by HPLC and HPLC/MS...
July 19, 2017: Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730481/label-free-phosphoproteomic-approach-for-kinase-signaling-analysis
#4
Edmund Wilkes, Pedro R Cutillas
Phosphoproteomics is a powerful platform for the unbiased profiling of kinase-driven signaling pathways. Quantitation of phosphorylation can be performed by means of either labeling or label-free mass spectrometry (MS) methods. Because of their simplicity and universality, label-free methodology is gaining acceptance and popularity in molecular biology research. Analytical workflows for label-free quantification of phosphorylation, however, need to overcome several hurdles for the technique to be accurate and precise...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727449/the-use-of-maldi-ms-combined-with-differential-hydrogen-deuterium-exchange-for-semi-automated-protein-global-conformational-screening
#5
Gregory F Pirrone, Heather Wang, Nicole Canfield, Alexander S Chin, Timothy A Rhodes, Alexey A Makarov
Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI) coupled with a time-of-flight (TOF) mass-spectrometry (MS) detector is acknowledged to be very useful for analysis of biological molecules. At the same time, hydrogen-deuterium exchange (HDX) is a well-known technique for studying protein higher-order structure. However, coupling MALDI with HDX may be challenging due to undesired back-exchange reactions during analysis. In this report, we survey an approach that utilizes MALDI coupled with automated sample preparation to compare global conformational changes of proteins under different solution conditions using differential HDX...
July 20, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710628/%C3%AE-sitosterol-bioconversion-to-androstenedione-in-microtiter-plates
#6
Marco P C Marques, Pedro Fernandes
Microtiter plates are routinely used as low-cost miniaturized bioreactors due to the large number of experiments that can be conducted simultaneously under similar conditions and replicate all functions of bench-scale reactors at dramatically smaller volumes. These plates, due to the standard footprint, can be integrated with liquid-handling systems and associated equipment expanding considerably their application and use. However, care has to be taken to operate the microtiter plates in optimized mixing and oxygen transfer conditions, preventing medium evaporation in prolonged experiment runs...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699660/binding-of-indocyanine-green-in-polycaprolactone-fibers-using-blend-electrospinning-for-in-vivo-laser-assisted-vascular-anastomosis
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Annemarie Schönfeld, Zacharia Mbäıdjol Kabra, Mihai Constantinescu, Dieter Bosshardt, Michael H Stoffel, Kirsten Peters, Martin Frenz
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: The clinical application of laser-assisted vascular anastomosis is afflicted by unreliable and low bonding strengths as well as tedious handling during microvascular surgery. The challenge to be met arises from the flow-off of the chromophore during soldering that changes the absorption and stains the surrounding tissue, leading to an uncontrollable thermal damage zone. In this study, we investigated the feasibility to produce an indocyanine green (ICG)-loaded patch by electrospinning and tested its applicability to both in vitro and in vivo microvascular laser soldering...
July 12, 2017: Lasers in Surgery and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691726/synthesis-structure-and-applications-of-graphene-based-2d-heterostructures
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Pablo Solís-Fernández, Mark Bissett, Hiroki Ago
With the profuse amount of two-dimensional (2D) materials discovered and the improvements in their synthesis and handling, the field of 2D heterostructures has gained increased interest in recent years. Such heterostructures not only overcome the inherent limitations of each of the materials, but also allow the realization of novel properties by their proper combination. The physical and mechanical properties of graphene mean it has a prominent place in the area of 2D heterostructures. In this review, we will discuss the evolution and current state in the synthesis and applications of graphene-based 2D heterostructures...
July 10, 2017: Chemical Society Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669814/quick-96fasp-for-high-throughput-quantitative-proteome-analysis
#9
Yanbao Yu, Shiferaw Bekele, Rembert Pieper
Filter aided sample preparation (FASP) is becoming a central method for proteomic sample cleanup and peptide generation prior to LC-MS analysis. We previously adapted this method to a 96-well filter plate, and applied to prepare protein digests from cell lysate and body fluid samples in a high throughput quantitative manner. While the 96FASP approach is scalable and can handle multiple samples simultaneously, two key advantages compared to single FASP, it is also time-consuming. The centrifugation-based liquid transfer on the filter plate takes 3-5 times longer than single filter...
June 29, 2017: Journal of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28668368/high-throughput-investigation-of-single-and-binary-protein-adsorption-isotherms-in-anion-exchange-chromatography-employing-multivariate-analysis
#10
Nicholas Field, Spyridon Konstantinidis, Ajoy Velayudhan
The combination of multi-well plates and automated liquid handling is well suited to the rapid measurement of the adsorption isotherms of proteins. Here, single and binary adsorption isotherms are reported for BSA, ovalbumin and conalbumin on a strong anion exchanger over a range of pH and salt levels. The impact of the main experimental factors at play on the accuracy and precision of the adsorbed protein concentrations is quantified theoretically and experimentally. In addition to the standard measurement of liquid concentrations before and after adsorption, the amounts eluted from the wells are measured directly...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28668116/macrobac-new-technologies-for-robust-and-efficient-large-scale-production-of-recombinant-multiprotein-complexes
#11
Scott D Gradia, Justin P Ishida, Miaw-Sheue Tsai, Chris Jeans, John A Tainer, Jill O Fuss
Recombinant expression of large, multiprotein complexes is essential and often rate limiting for determining structural, biophysical, and biochemical properties of DNA repair, replication, transcription, and other key cellular processes. Baculovirus-infected insect cell expression systems are especially well suited for producing large, human proteins recombinantly, and multigene baculovirus systems have facilitated studies of multiprotein complexes. In this chapter, we describe a multigene baculovirus system called MacroBac that uses a Biobricks-type assembly method based on restriction and ligation (Series 11) or ligation-independent cloning (Series 438)...
2017: Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28661435/comparable-performance-characteristics-of-plasma-thiamine-and-erythrocyte-thiamine-diphosphate-in-response-to-thiamine-fortification-in-rural-cambodian-women
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Adrian McCann, Øivind Midttun, Kyly C Whitfield, Hou Kroeun, Mam Borath, Prak Sophonneary, Per Magne Ueland, Timothy J Green
Background: Traditionally, vitamin B₁ status is assessed by a functional test measuring erythrocyte transketolase (ETK) activity or direct measurement of erythrocyte thiamine diphosphate (eThDP) concentration. However, such analyses are logistically challenging, and do not allow assessment of vitamin B₁ status in plasma/serum samples stored in biobanks. Using a multiplex assay, we evaluated plasma concentrations of thiamine and thiamine monophosphate (TMP), as alternative, convenient measures of vitamin B₁ status...
June 29, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648473/qualification-of-a-precision-pattern-dispenser
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Raf Van Ammel, Katarzyna Sobiech-Matura, Uwe Wätjen, Tom Vercammen, Pieter Castelein, Roel Wuyts, Johan Paul
In order to automate sample preparation processes, a precision pattern dispenser was designed to reproducibly dispense radioactive solutions at pre-defined positions. It is composed of an automatic liquid sample handling unit coupled to an XYZ table. Qualification tests were conducted to evaluate the performance of the instrument and to assess the compliance with the requirements, in particular trueness (< 2%) and repeatability (< 1%). The instrument allows preparing sources in different source holders and on air filters, in a fast and accurate way...
June 16, 2017: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644078/plasma-concentrations-of-itraconazole-voriconazole-and-terbinafine-when-delivered-by-an-impregnated-subcutaneous-implant-in-japanese-quail-coturnix-japonica
#14
Marcy J Souza, Patrick Redig, Sherry K Cox
Aspergillosis is a common fungal infection in both wild and pet birds. Although effective antifungal medications are available, treatment of aspergillosis can require months of medication administration, which entails stressful handling one or more times per day. This study examined the delivery of the antifungal drugs itraconazole, voriconazole, and terbinafine to Japanese quail ( Coturnix japonica ) via an impregnated implant. Implants contained 0.5, 3, 8, or 24 mg of itraconazole, voriconazole, or terbinafine...
June 2017: Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642766/high-throughput-screening-method-for-identifying-potential-agonists-and-antagonists-of-arabidopsis-thaliana-cytokinin-receptor-cre1-ahk4
#15
Pavel Klimeš, Dušan Turek, Pavel Mazura, Lucia Gallová, Lukáš Spíchal, Břetislav Brzobohatý
The CRE1/AHK4 cytokinin receptor is an important component of plants' hormone signaling systems, and compounds that can alter its activity have potential utility for studying the receptor's functions and/or developing new plant growth regulators. A high throughput method was developed for screening compounds with agonist or antagonist properties toward the CRE1/AHK4 cytokinin receptor in a single experiment using the Nanodrop II liquid handling system and 384-well plates. Potential ligands are screened directly, using a reporter system in which receptor signaling activity triggers expression of β-galactosidase in Escherichia coli...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638714/swallowing-safety-in-parkinson-s-disease-after-zona-incerta-deep-brain-stimulation
#16
Stina Sundstedt, Lina Holmén, Elin Rova, Jan Linder, Erik Nordh, Katarina Olofsson
OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to examine swallowing function in patients with Parkinson's disease before and after caudal zona incerta deep brain (cZI DBS) surgery. The aims were to examine the effect of cZI DBS on swallowing safety regarding liquid and solid food, as well as to identify the effect of cZI DBS on body mass index (BMI) and specific items from part II of the Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS). MATERIALS AND METHODS: The median age of the 14 patients was 57 years (range 46-71), with a median disease duration of 6 years (range 2-13)...
June 2017: Brain and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630920/bioinspired-shape-memory-graphene-film-with-tunable-wettability
#17
Jie Wang, Lingyu Sun, Minhan Zou, Wei Gao, Cihui Liu, Luoran Shang, Zhongze Gu, Yuanjin Zhao
Functional materials with specific surface wettability play an important role in a wide variety of areas. Inspired by nature's Nepenthes pitcher plant, we present a novel slippery film with tunable wettability based on a shape-memory graphene sponge. The porous graphene sponge coated with shape-memory polymer was used to lock in inert lubricants and construct slippery surfaces to repel different liquids. The superelasticity and high strength, together with good electrical conductivity, of the graphene sponge imparted the graphene/polymer hybrid films with fast recoverable shape-memory properties...
June 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628316/soft-sphere-continuum-solvation-in-electronic-structure-calculations
#18
Giuseppe Fisicaro, Luigi Genovese, Oliviero Andreussi, Sagarmoy Mandal, Nisanth N Nair, Nicola Marzari, Stefan Goedecker
We present an implicit solvation approach where the interface between the quantum-mechanical solute and the surrounding environment is described by a fully continuous permittivity built up with atomic-centered ``soft'' spheres. This approach combines many of the advantages of the self-consistent continuum solvation model in handling solutes and surfaces in contact with complex dielectric environments or electrolytes in electronic-structure calculations. In addition it is able to describe accurately both neutral and charged systems...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623835/life-cycle-assessment-of-treatment-and-handling-options-for-a-highly-saline-brine-extracted-from-a-potential-co2-storage-site
#19
Hafiz H Salih, Jiaxing Li, Ruth Kaplan, Seyed A Dastgheib
Carbon dioxide (CO2) injection in deep saline aquifers is a promising option for CO2 geological sequestration. However, brine extraction may be necessary to control the anticipated increase in reservoir pressure resulting from CO2 injection. The extracted brines usually have elevated concentrations of total dissolved solids (TDS) and other contaminants and require proper handling or treatment. Different options for the handling or treatment of a high-TDS brine extracted from a potential CO2 sequestration site (Mt...
June 12, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614928/-analysis-of-inner-or-extra-exposure-for-worker-in-carbon-and-coal-tar-process-industries
#20
X C Wang, F Zhang, N Jia, W Zhang, X Y Zhang, J Li, H Shao
Objective: To evaluate the inner or extra-exposure of workers in carbon and coal tar process industries. Methods: In May 2015, 271 exposure and 75 non-exposure workers in two of carbon and coal tar process industries in Shandong province were selected. Coal tar pitch (CTP) was detected according to the methods of GB17054-1997. The 1-OH-Nap、2-OH-Nap、1-OH-Pyr in urine were detected by high performance liquid Chromatography (HPLC) . Results: The concentration of 1-OH-Nap、2-OH-Nap、1-OH-Pyr in urine of exposure group were significant higher than that of control group (P<0...
April 20, 2017: Chinese Journal of Industrial Hygiene and Occupational Diseases
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